Here's my criteria:
- a tested, reliable weapon
- full size (4.5 to 5 inch barrel)
- non-polymer frame (or weighing at least 30 oz)
- prefer 3 dot sights
- prefer high capacity mag
- like to stay under $800
I'm considering the Browning High Power, the Rock Island 1911 Tactical (9mm), Sig P226, and I recently tried a CZ that I liked (I forget the model). I don't care for Beretta, Taurus, or Para models.
Opinions and recommendations sought!! Thank you.
Don't sell the Taurus PT92 short. For my money, it's as good as (or better than) any of them.
I purchased a Sig P226 earlier this year after doing a lot of homework. I have loved everything about it so far. I've put over 1,000 rounds through it and have yet to have a jam/misfire or any other imaginable problem. I decided on the p226 elite over the p226 Navy, which was a small price difference where I was buying from, but I loved the result. The p226 is definitely a head-turner on the range and with my friends. I purchased an extended (20 rd) magazine at a gun show for around $30, which is the cheapest i've seen. My p226 came with SigLite Night Sights, which work great. I decided on Sig over Glock, Springfield XDM and an HK USP9
Looking for input on how to differentiate these guns and make a good decision. In terms of feel and features, I like them all. In terms of cost, the P226 and the BHP are much more expensive -- not sure if they're worth the premium to me. What do you think?
I cannot bring myself to buy a Sig, as long as there are CZ's that I don't have. The RIA is an expensive handgun that people often 'write off' quickily. But you can't find many folks who will say that they aren't decent handguns.
Regarding the unfavorable opinions on Rock Islands... just curious what your heard and where? I've yet to find anything critical on those guns, but I don't want to fool myself. Thanks!
I like my CZ 85 Combat
It seems to fit your requirements.
Very dependable - very accurate.
But it could be I do love my Sig's
While new Sigs are pricey for sure, don't forget the CPO (certified pre-owned) Sigs that are available. I picked up a like new CPO P228 on Gunbroker for less than $520 with 2 brand new Sig mags. TBH, I've only paid over $600 one time for a Sig and that was the P220 ST I just got and it was less than $700. I've owned a P226 (a couple actually) and they are great guns - I just prefer the P228/P229 size...
I own and love a sig 226. It is extremely reliable, accurate, easy to shoot well, and the ergonomics fit me well. In my opinion, they are the absolute top of the line for semi auto handguns. On that note, i have a huge bias towards sigs but other great guns are the beretta 92, the beretta px4 (maybe not so proven yet but i was impressed with it and like it a lot). I know you mentioned not polymer frame as a requirement (I dont blame you, i dont love plastic guns either) but i would say the FNP/FNX, the S&W M&P, and the springfield XDm are all very nice polymer guns that still feel sturdy and would suit your needs. All of these are great guns to consider but whichever one works for you is ultimately the best. Finally, I would strongly suggest handling and shooting if you can all of these guns and any others that you are considering before making a decision.
I bought this Sig P226 at a gun show for $300 used.
It is a Swiss Police trade in and is 9mm (what I wanted).
It had a lot of wear on it -
So I sent it to Mary @ CCR CCR-REFINISHING .
CCR was having a sale of refinishing a slide for $79.
It is one of my best looking and shooting guns.
If money is tight - I'd rather buy a "high quality " used gun - than a "cheap" new gun.
dondavis, having that refinished is a good idea. Thats a really great looking gun. Hard to believe that it was ever heavily worn, and at $79 its deffinitely worth it. and agreed on the high quality used gun vs a cheap new gun. Plus, if you buy one handgun that you love, you may be able to stick with just that gun. Or.....itll just make you realize how much you love guns and make you want more as it does with me....Either way you'll be happy.
It turned out looking better than new.
CCR does a great job.
I like two tone guns anyway.